7:00 PM Tomorrow
Maurice Till (1926-2011)
Tim Dodd talked to the man who was one of the first pianists to sustain a performing career while remaining in New Zealand. During the 50s, 60s and 70s he accompanied in recitals and broadcasts many visiting overseas singers and instrumentalists including Victoria de los Angeles, Rita Streich, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Pierre Fournier. Included in the programme are recordings of some of these performances sourced from Maurice Till's own archive (RNZ)
Tim Dodd talks to the distinguished NZ pianist - one of the first to sustain a performing career while remaining in NZ. (RNZ)
From Appointment on 07 Sep 2015
The story of the Voyager Golden Records. When NASA realized that the Voyager space probes being launched in 1977 would eventually travel beyond the edge of our solar system, they decided to include some kind of message to any intelligent aliens who might one day find them. A committee headed by astronomer Carl Sagan made the selection which includes a wide variety of music, spoken greetings in 55 different languages (including some that are very obscure or long extinct) and samples of earth's nature sounds. They're on gold-plated copper discs, engraved much like a vinyl record album and attached to the outside of the spacecraft. As the Voyager 1 and 2 probes are now 11 billion miles away and still going strong, Steve Danby decided to look at the Voyager Golden Records and the message they're taking from planet Earth.
From Appointment on 06 Sep 2015
As part of Organ Week we've booked an Appointment with an organist with a huge international reputation. During his most recent tour in New Zealand David Briggs talked with Indra Hughes about smells and sounds and jaw-dropping experiences. (RNZ)
From Appointment on 03 Sep 2015
Eitan Cornfield from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation takes a good look at the pipe organ (CBC).
From Appointment on 31 Aug 2015
Part Two: Between the Wars
The Parisian salon hostess La Princesse de Polignac was an American heiress to the vast Singer Sewing Machine fortune. Winnaretta Singer married into the French nobility and became an important private patron of the arts. Second of two programmes presented by Elric Hooper and Des Wilson (RNZ).
From Appointment on 30 Aug 2015
Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet has been set to music by a wide range of composers. Presented by Robbie Ellis.
From Appointment on 27 Aug 2015
“I was classed as the New Zealand brilliant young pianist – which I couldn’t be now at eighty-seven! Anyhow, so that was quite a thing; and people were very nice to anybody from New Zealand”
Colin Horsley retired to the Isle of Man and from there talked with Peter Mechen in 2007. (RNZ)
From Appointment on 24 Aug 2015
Part One: La Belle Epoque
The Parisian salon hostess La Princesse de Polignac was an American heiress to the vast Singer Sewing Machine fortune. Winnaretta Singer married into the French nobility and became an important private patron of the arts. First of two programmes presented by Elric Hooper and Des Wilson (RNZ)
From Appointment on 23 Aug 2015
A conversation marking the NZ-born international concert organist's 70th birthday in 2011 (RNZ)
From Appointment on 17 Aug 2015
The extraordinary voice and career of the Australian soprano known as La Stupenda.
From Appointment on 16 Aug 2015
A profile of the great Canadian heroic tenor in his prime
From Appointment on 13 Aug 2015
David Long talks with Charlotte Wilson about his work for film, television, classic bands like The Muttonbirds and recent activities with The Labcoats and as Lilburn composer-in-residence.
From Appointment on 06 Aug 2015
Elric Hooper & Des Wilson look at 200 years of star status of the baritone voice.
From Appointment on 03 Aug 2015
Roger Flury and Des Wilson reflect on the stellar career of the Italian tenor.
From Appointment on 02 Aug 2015
The great baritone in conversation with Jon Tolansky. Part 2. (RNZ/WFMT)
From Appointment on 30 Jul 2015
Real ale and opera are the main consolations for Inspector Morse in ITV's multi-layered series. Morse fan Adrienne Simpson looks at the integrated use of music in the long running whodunnit.
From Appointment on 27 Jul 2015
A tribute to the distinguished NZ pianist who died in 2008, presented by Peter Mechen
From Appointment on 26 Jul 2015
The great baritone in conversation with Jon Tolansky. Part 1 (RNZ/WFMT)
From Appointment on 23 Jul 2015
Puccini’s opera, Madama Butterfly, set in Japan, had one of the most disastrous premieres in Italian operatic history, but the first version was certainly not the last. Michael Vinten looks into the many alterations that Puccini made to what would become one of the most popular and widely performed operas in the world.
From Appointment on 16 Jul 2015
Wagner ushered in a new musical era and took the human voice to new limits in 1865 with his story of forbidden love. Erica Challis takes us through this great opera ahead of a recording of last year's concert performance from Auckland which can be heard this coming Sunday at 6.00pm.
From Appointment on 09 Jul 2015
Seasoned New Zealand journalist and documentary maker, Wayne Brittenden takes us through the history of Kiwis' love affair with the silver screen, at least between 1925 - 1970.
From Appointment on 25 Jun 2015
The fanciful adventures of Cervantes' deluded knight Don Quixote and his hapless squire Sancho Panza have inspired painters, filmmakers, composers and philosophers ever since the Spanish Golden Age. Presented by Elric Hooper and Des Wilson.
From Appointment on 21 Jun 2015
We reach The Twilight of the Gods, as Erica Challis takes us through the story and music of the fourth of Wagner's Ring Cycle operas.
From Appointment on 11 Jun 2015
A 1947 Chicago exhibition of William Hogarth's sequence of paintings depicting "A Rake's Progress" inspired Stravinsky to compose an opera. With a clever English libretto by WH Auden & Chester Kallman, the work premiered at La Fenice in Venice in 1951. The opera is regularly revived and is now a 20th century classic. Elric Hooper & Des Wilson present an introduction to The Rake's Progress
From Appointment on 07 Jun 2015
Erica Challis takes us through the story and music of the third of Wagner's four Ring Cycle operas.
From Appointment on 04 Jun 2015
Erica Challis takes us through the story and music of the first of Wagner's epic four Ring Cycle operas. In Das Rheingold the theft of precious gold from three Rhine maidens launches us into a world of gods, heroes, dwarfs, giants, nature spirits and magic (RNZ).
From Appointment on 21 May 2015
As a pianist, Terence Dennis is widely regarded as New Zealand's finest accompanist for singers. This is attested to by the fact that artists of the highest standing like Kiri Te Kanawa and Bryn Terfel have chosen him to tour New Zealand and overseas with them. He talks to Tim Dodd about his career.
From Appointment on 17 May 2015
Elric Hooper and Des Wilson tell the story of Joan Littlewood's 1963 satirical stage show on the First World War (RNZ)
From Appointment on 10 May 2015
Designer Raymond Boyce has made a huge contribution to ballet, opera, puppetry and straight drama since he first came to New Zealand in 1953. Peter Mechen talks to Raymond and others who've worked with him over six decades in the theatre.
From Appointment on 07 May 2015
Since coming to New Zealand in 1993, Roger Lloyd has managed some of this country's finest musical institutions, including the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Wellington, the New Zealand String Quartet and the Adam Chamber Music Festival. This conversation with David Morriss takes us from his early clarinet-playing days, and years with the Ulster Orchestra, through to his current role as Chief Executive of Choirs Aotearoa New Zealand. (RNZ)
From Appointment on 03 May 2015